The 2022-2023 series of Women’s Grand Prix tournaments features four events which will be held between August 2022 and June 2023.
The schedule and dates framework is as followed:
- 1st WGP event: 21 September – 4 October 2022, Nursultan, Kazakhstan;
- 2nd WGP event: October – December 2022;
- 3rd WGP event: January – March 2023;
- 4th WGP event: April – June 2023.
Each tournament will be played as a twelve-player round robin event with time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
The series will gather a total of 16 players. Each of the sixteen players shall participate in three out of four Women’s Grand Prix tournaments, and the exact participants list of each event shall be published two months before the start of the event. The players qualify for the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix series through: The Women’s World Chess Championship, Women’s World Cup, FIDE Women’s Grand swiss, and by the rating.
- Ju Wenjun (reigning Women’s World Chess Champion)
- Alexandra Kosteniuk (winner of the Women’s World Cup 2021)
- Aleksandra Goryachkina (finalist of the Women’s World Cup 2021)
- Tan Zhongyi (semi-finalist of the Women’s World Cup 2021)
- Anna Muzychuk (semi-finalist of the Women’s World Cup 2021)
- Lei Tingjie (winner of FIDE Grand Swiss 2021)
- Elisabeth Paehtz (runner-up of FIDE Grand Swiss 2021)
- Zhu Jiner (third place FIDE Grand Swiss 2021)
- Mariya Muzychuk (fourth place FIDE Grand Swiss 2021)
- Hou Yifan (qualifier by rating following March 2022 rating list)
- Kateryna Lagno (qualifier by rating following March 2022 rating list)
- Nana Dzagnidze (qualifier by rating following March 2022 rating list)
The last four spots will be completed by the hosting federations of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2022-2023 chess tournaments, which will have the right to nominate a player of their preference in consultation with the FIDE President.
The final standings of the Grand Prix series will be determined by the number of cumulative points earned by each player in all three Grand Prix tournaments. In case two or move players have an equal number of cumulative points, the winners will be determined by the following tiebreak criteria: a) number of actual game result points scored in the three tournaments, b) number of first places, c) number of second places, d) number of wins, e) drawing of lots. Two best ranked players of the series will qualify for the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament 2023/24.
Throwback: FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2019-2021
The total prize fund of each tournament should be 80.000 euros with another €80,000 being distributed among the top 8 finishers in the global Women’s Grand Prix Series standings, according to the cumulative points they score across the four events.
FIDE announced the third leg of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2022-2023 will be held in Munich, while the exact dates and location for the other WGP events will be announced soon.